Inglis Fletcher Biography

American dramatistNoted author Inglis Fletcher dressed in costume

Inglis Fletcher (October 20, 1879 – May 30, 1969) was an American writer.

Early life

Inglis Clark was born October 20, 1879 in Alton, Illinois, the daughter of Maurice W. Clark and Flora Chapman.


Inglis Fletcher is known for numerous novels and plays, especially her Carolina Series. She spent much of her life traveling and living around the country with her husband, John George Fletcher, a miner.

Research about her maternal ancestors in Tyrell County, North Carolina sparked Fletcher's interest in eastern North Carolina, which led her to research and write the novels within her Carolina Series, including Lusty Wind for Carolina, Men of Albemarle, and Raleigh's Eden, among others.

She published verse and publicity material and she was a book reviewer in S. P. Women's City Club magazine.

She was a manager of famous lecturers and co-manager with Alice Seckles in "Seckles–Fletcher Popular Lecture Series" in San Francisco and Oakland; she was also *ociated in management for the 1928–29 season in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

In 1928 she went on a six months' trek to the interior of the British East Africa, unaccompanied by any white person, to a region never before visited by a white woman — and by very few white men — for the study of native "Voodoo" and other pagan religious practices.

She was the originator of the Junior Red Cross Hospital program in Spokane Public Schools.

She was a member of American Pen Women and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Personal life

Inglis Fletcher moved to San Francisco in 1925 and lived at 2442 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, California.

Inglis Clark married John G. Fletcher. They had one son, Stuart.

She died on May 30, 1969, and is buried with her husband in the Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina.


Fletcher donated her oil portrait, painted by North Carolina artist, William C. Fields, to Fletcher Residence Hall and her papers to East Carolina University's M*cript Collection at Joyner Library.

In 1996 she was inducted in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.


    External links

    • East Carolina University Icons Gallery profile
    • Inglis Fletcher Papers (#21), East Carolina M*cript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
    • NCpedia Biography